At the conclusion of an extensive national tour and series of masterclass dates, popular violinist Ray Chen and pianist Julien Quentin still shone like quite an unparalleled pair of diamonds on the City Recital Hall stage.
Sydney Ray Chen fans were entertained with absolute fireworks in solo and other violin works from the early twentieth century and beyond. The chosen works could only have made their intended virtuosi dazzle the audience at each premiere with stunning bravura and elevated musicianship. The world premiere Australian work by Matthew Hindson in this Musica Viva concert was given similar treatment, its intensity comprehensively explored with the fresh and exciting chamber music flair this pair also brought to the rest of the programme. Continue reading MUSICA VIVA : RAY CHEN & JULIEN QUENTIN @ CITY RECITAL HALL→
Above: CD cover : Celebrae (Klavier Music Productons K 11215) Featured Image : SCM Wind Symphony
The title of this CD, Celebrare (Klavier K11215) is borrowed from Carl Vine’sorchestral work of 1993, Celebrare Celeberrime : a celebration for orchestra which begins the recording in its fine wind band arrangement form.
This title’s reference to celebration is a perfect theme for this CD. The CD was produced following the centenary of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and live performances by SCM Wind Symphony at the institution’s Centenary Festival in 2015.
The recording, dated 2016, has been mastered with a pleasing bright clarity by Bruce Leek. This celebrates the sound of the school’s quality symphonic wind ensemble. The emergence of this CD also recognises the Sydney Conservatorium’s recent centenary as well as this music school’s efforts towards being at the international forefront of wind band interpretation. Two works on the recording were commissioned by the SCM Wind Symphony and appear as first recordings on this disc. Continue reading CD: ‘CELEBRARE’ – SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC WIND SYMPHONY→
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